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CAFBX Amcap Fund

Filed: 31 Oct 19, 3:04pm

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM N-CSR

Certified Shareholder Report of

Registered Management Investment Companies

 

Investment Company Act File Number: 811-01435

 

AMCAP Fund

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

333 South Hope Street

Los Angeles, California 90071

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (949) 975-5000

 

Date of fiscal year end: February 28 or 29

 

Date of reporting period: August 31, 2019

 

Brian D. Bullard

AMCAP Fund

6455 Irvine Center Drive

Irvine, California 92618

(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

 
 

 

ITEM 1 – Reports to Stockholders

 

AMCAP Fund®
 
Semi-annual report
for the six months ended
August 31, 2019

 

 

We take a disciplined,
long-term approach
to investing in growth
companies.

 

Beginning January 1, 2021, as permitted by regulations adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, we intend to no longer mail paper copies of the fund’s shareholder reports, unless specifically requested from American Funds or your financial intermediary, such as a broker-dealer or bank. Instead, the reports will be made available on the Capital Group website (capitalgroup.com); you will be notified by mail and provided with a website link to access the report each time a report is posted. If you have already elected to receive shareholder reports electronically, you will not be affected by this change and do not need to take any action. If you prefer to receive shareholder reports and other communications electronically, you may update your mailing preferences with your financial intermediary, or enroll in e-delivery at capitalgroup.com (for accounts held directly with the fund).

 

You may elect to receive paper copies of all future reports free of charge. If you invest through a financial intermediary, you may contact your financial intermediary to request that you continue to receive paper copies of your shareholder reports. If you invest directly with the fund, you may inform American Funds that you wish to continue receiving paper copies of your shareholder reports by contacting us at (800) 421-4225. Your election to receive paper reports will apply to all funds held with American Funds or through your financial intermediary.

 

 

AMCAP Fund seeks to provide you with long-term growth of capital.

 

This fund is one of more than 40 offered by Capital Group, home of American Funds, one of the nation’s largest mutual fund families. For more than 85 years, Capital Group has invested with a long-term focus based on thorough research and attention to risk.

 

Fund results shown in this report, unless otherwise indicated, are for Class A shares at net asset value. If a sales charge (maximum 5.75%) had been deducted, the results would have been lower. Results are for past periods and are not predictive of results for future periods. Current and future results may be lower or higher than those shown. Share prices and returns will vary, so investors may lose money. Investing for short periods makes losses more likely. For current information and month-end results, visit capitalgroup.com.

 

Here are the average annual total returns on a $1,000 investment with all distributions reinvested for periods ended September 30, 2019 (the most recent calendar quarter-end):

 

Class A shares 1 year 5 years 10 years
       
Reflecting 5.75% maximum sales charge –8.31% 7.83% 11.78%

 

For other share class results, visit capitalgroup.com and americanfundsretirement.com.

 

The total annual fund operating expense ratio was 0.66% for Class A shares as of the prospectus dated May 1, 2019.

 

Investment results assume all distributions are reinvested and reflect applicable fees and expenses. When applicable, investment results reflect fee waivers, without which results would have been lower. Visit capitalgroup.com for more information.

 

Refer to the fund prospectus and the Risk Factors section of this report for more information on risks associated with investing in the fund.

 

Investments are not FDIC-insured, nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity, so they may lose value.

 

Fellow investors:

 

The U.S. stock market advanced during the six-month period ended August 31, 2019. While geopolitical concerns continued to add to market volatility, economic data in the U.S. was generally positive and overall company earnings were better than expected. Heightened political risk also weighed on sentiment and led to increased market volatility. After raising interest rates last year, the Federal Reserve held steady in early 2019 before finally cutting rates in July for the first time since 2008.

 

During the six-month period, AMCAP Fund had a total return of 3.04% versus a 6.15% total return for the unmanaged Standard & Poor’s 500 Composite Index — a market capitalization-weighted index based on the results of approximately 500 widely held common stocks — and a total return of 3.30% for the Lipper Growth Funds Index, a peer group measure, as shown in the chart below.

 

Over its 52-year lifetime, AMCAP has had an average annual total return of 11.43%, exceeding the 10.02% return for the S&P 500 and the 9.11% return for the Lipper Growth Funds Index. For the past 10 years, the fund has had an average annual total return of 12.87%, lagging the 13.45% return for the S&P 500 and the 13.19% return for the Lipper index.

 

Results at a glance

 

For periods ended August 31, 2019, with all distributions reinvested

 

  Cumulative
total returns
 Average annual total returns
     Lifetime
  6 months 1 year 5 years 10 years (since 5/1/67)
           
AMCAP Fund (Class A shares)  3.04%  –0.97%  8.67%  12.87%  11.43%
Standard & Poor’s 500 Composite Index*  6.15   2.92   10.11   13.45   10.02 
Lipper Growth Funds Index  3.30   –1.50   9.86   13.19   9.11 

 

*Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC. The market index is unmanaged and, therefore, has no expenses. Investors cannot invest directly in an index.
Source: Thomson Reuters Lipper. Lipper indexes track the largest mutual funds (no more than 30), represented by one share class per fund, in the corresponding Lipper category.

 

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Investment results analysis

The fund’s investments in the industrials sector contributed to returns, including aerospace companies such as TransDigm Group. Shares of the company, which provides aircraft components for commercial and military aircraft, gained 24.01% amid robust sales in both its commercial and defense divisions. TransDigm Group continues to benefit from strong pricing power in the aerospace industry and the company is especially well-positioned to benefit from the long-term structural changes taking place in the industry, including rising global air travel and improving fuel efficiency.

 

Several information technology companies also contributed to returns, led by financial technology group Fidelity National Information Services (FIS). Shares rose 53.11% after payments processor Worldpay agreed to a cash-and-stock takeover by the company, valuing Worldpay at around $43 billion. The payments space continues to experience strong growth, and companies such as FIS that are positioned to take advantage of technological innovations should benefit from consolidation.

 

Investments in the health care sector were mixed, with Abbott Laboratories (now the fund’s largest holding) rising 9.92% as the market continued to react positively to the company’s new product releases. Meanwhile, shares of biopharmaceutical firm AbbVie declined 17.04% after the company agreed to acquire Botox-maker Allergan in a surprise move and amid concerns about competition for its own lead drug Humira. Pharmaceutical companies are also coming under increasing scrutiny amid uncertainty around drug pricing as we enter another presidential election cycle.

 

Some of the fund’s energy holdings detracted from returns as oil prices pulled back due to higher-than-expected U.S. shale oil production. Concerns about slowing global growth also weighed on the oil market, overshadowing rising geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. Shares of EOG Resources (the 10th largest holding) fell 21.07% while Concho Resources declined 33.50%. While we continue to believe that both companies are well placed in the oil-and-gas sector, the entire industry continues to be pressured by oversupply and increasing macro concerns.

 

The fund’s cash position declined slightly to 9.4% from 9.6% (including other short-term securities) at the beginning of the period as some portfolio managers added to positions. While valuations are still high overall, in this environment of market volatility, some portfolio managers are finding pockets of investment opportunity. However, overall cash levels continue to reflect a more cautious approach.

 

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Looking ahead

The fundamentals of the U.S. economy are generally stable: the unemployment rate is low, real wages are gradually increasing and consumer spending is slowly on the rise. However, industrial production is trending down, corporate debt is rising, and we are in the late cycle of a record economic expansion, so we remain prudent when investing in cyclical companies. Volatility is likely to remain elevated, impacted by trends in global money supply and multiple geopolitical risks, including U.S. trade tensions with China, Brexit negotiations in Europe and uncertainty in the Middle East.

 

Against this backdrop, we continue with our consistent and diligent approach to growth investing, just as we have for the past 50-plus years. While the market doesn’t like uncertainty, we believe our bottom-up approach of focusing on fundamentals and investing in quality companies with sustainable competitive advantages will serve our investors well in a volatile environment, just as it has during previous periods of uncertainty and volatility.

 

AMCAP invests primarily in U.S. companies that have demonstrated solid historical growth and characteristics that we believe are likely to support above-average growth in the future. Our focus on the fundamental growth drivers and the inherent worth of companies is critical to helping us identify investments that we believe represent the best value over the long term. We thank you for your continued support of these efforts.

 

Cordially,

 

 
Barry S. Crosthwaite
Co-President
 James Terrile
Co-President
   
October 11, 2019  

 

For current information about the fund, visit capitalgroup.com.

 

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Summary investment portfolio August 31, 2019unaudited
  
Industry sector diversificationPercent of net assets

 

 

 

Common stocks 90.63% Shares  Value
(000)
 
Information technology 22.33%        
Microsoft Corp.  12,702,779  $1,751,205 
Broadcom Inc.  4,744,448   1,340,971 
Mastercard Inc., Class A  4,261,957   1,199,187 
Fidelity National Information Services, Inc.  6,583,154   896,757 
ASML Holding NV1  3,335,025   742,744 
FleetCor Technologies, Inc.2  2,447,290   730,271 
Accenture PLC, Class A  3,313,050   656,547 
Autodesk, Inc.2  4,204,100   600,430 
ServiceNow, Inc.2  1,757,603   460,211 
Intel Corp.  8,949,560   424,299 
Micron Technology, Inc.2  8,471,100   383,487 
Adobe Inc.2  1,176,000   334,584 
Other securities      5,164,686 
       14,685,379 
         
Health care 20.76%        
Abbott Laboratories  24,557,454   2,095,242 
UnitedHealth Group Inc.  6,603,806   1,545,291 
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.  3,657,829   1,050,016 
Amgen Inc.  4,952,884   1,033,271 
Gilead Sciences, Inc.  12,764,224   811,039 
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.2,3  10,689,500   802,354 
Illumina, Inc.2  2,272,157   639,249 
Humana Inc.  2,218,500   628,301 
AbbVie Inc.  9,094,660   597,883 
PerkinElmer, Inc.3  6,612,234   546,832 
Edwards Lifesciences Corp.2  2,155,000   478,065 
IQVIA Holdings Inc.2  3,052,000   473,518 
Stryker Corp.  2,085,154   460,110 
Eli Lilly and Co.  3,110,600   351,404 
Other securities      2,141,875 
       13,654,450 

 

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  Shares  Value
(000)
 
Communication services 11.31%        
Facebook, Inc., Class A2  9,530,000  $1,769,435 
Netflix, Inc.2  5,739,900   1,686,096 
Alphabet Inc., Class C2  732,979   870,852 
Alphabet Inc., Class A2  684,280   814,656 
Activision Blizzard, Inc.  14,411,193   729,206 
Tencent Holdings Ltd.1  10,856,418   447,119 
Charter Communications, Inc., Class A2  1,035,900   424,294 
Other securities      697,469 
       7,439,127 
         
Industrials 10.86%        
TransDigm Group Inc.  1,643,571   884,767 
General Dynamics Corp.  4,321,000   826,478 
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.3  4,721,440   773,183 
CSX Corp.  9,996,700   669,979 
Equifax Inc.  4,452,294   651,727 
Northrop Grumman Corp.  1,390,200   511,413 
Middleby Corp.2,3  3,405,507   373,448 
Textron Inc.  7,982,070   359,193 
Other securities      2,088,728 
       7,138,916 
         
Consumer discretionary 8.76%        
Amazon.com, Inc.2  726,600   1,290,652 
NIKE, Inc., Class B  8,227,358   695,212 
Marriott International, Inc., Class A  5,462,665   688,624 
Booking Holdings Inc.2  272,250   535,355 
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (ADR)2  2,627,100   459,821 
Other securities      2,092,907 
       5,762,571 
         
Financials 4.96%        
First Republic Bank  5,375,241   482,267 
Aon PLC, Class A  2,202,200   429,099 
S&P Global Inc.  1,390,538   361,804 
Other securities      1,987,806 
       3,260,976 
         
Energy 4.89%        
EOG Resources, Inc.  15,358,100   1,139,417 
Concho Resources Inc.3  10,260,532   750,558 
Diamondback Energy, Inc.  5,084,300   498,668 
Other securities      828,838 
       3,217,481 
         
Consumer staples 3.42%        
Costco Wholesale Corp.  2,564,400   755,883 
Constellation Brands, Inc., Class A  3,030,000   619,180 
Other securities      874,778 
       2,249,841 

 

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Common stocks (continued) Shares  Value
(000)
 
Materials 1.59%        
Other securities     $1,041,684 
         
Real estate 1.26%        
American Tower Corp. REIT  1,746,000   401,912 
Other securities      427,853 
       829,765 
         
Utilities 0.49%        
Other securities      321,184 
         
Total common stocks (cost: $41,257,183,000)      59,601,374 
 
Short-term securities 9.29%        
Money market investments 9.29%        
Capital Group Central Cash Fund 2.16%3,4  61,100,713   6,109,460 
         
Total short-term securities (cost: $6,109,479,000)      6,109,460 
Total investment securities 99.92% (cost: $47,366,662,000)      65,710,834 
Other assets less liabilities 0.08%      49,388 
         
Net assets 100.00%     $65,760,222 

 

This summary investment portfolio is designed to streamline the report and help investors better focus on the fund’s principal holdings. See the inside back cover for details on how to obtain a complete schedule of portfolio holdings.

 

“Other securities” includes all issues that are not disclosed separately in the summary investment portfolio.

 

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Investments in affiliates

 

A company is an affiliate of the fund under the Investment Company Act of 1940 if the fund’s holdings represent 5% or more of the outstanding voting shares of that company. The value of the fund’s affiliated-company holdings is either shown in the summary investment portfolio or included in the value of “Other securities” under the respective industry sectors. Further details on these holdings and related transactions during the six months ended August 31, 2019, appear below.

 

  Beginning
shares
  Additions  Reductions  Ending
shares
 
Common stocks 6.41%                
Information technology 0.00%                
Trimble Inc.2,5  14,536,673   1,184,532   8,074,774   7,646,431 
Health care 2.56%                
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.2  10,177,000   1,749,600   1,237,100   10,689,500 
PerkinElmer, Inc.  7,191,234      579,000   6,612,234 
Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corp.2  5,995,967      440,000   5,555,967 
Industrials 1.74%                
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.  3,954,714   766,726      4,721,440 
Middleby Corp.2  2,905,507   500,000      3,405,507 
Consumer discretionary 0.48%                
Williams-Sonoma, Inc.  5,036,664      299,044   4,737,620 
Texas Roadhouse, Inc.5  3,875,000      1,875,000   2,000,000 
Energy 1.14%                
Concho Resources Inc.  7,862,000   2,398,532      10,260,532 
Materials 0.49%                
Valvoline Inc.  15,053,100      750,000   14,303,100 
Short-term securities 9.29%                
Money market investments 9.29%                
Capital Group Central Cash Fund 2.16%4     99,049,818   37,949,105   61,100,713 

 

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Investments in affiliates (continued)

 

  Net
realized
gain (loss)
(000)
  Net
unrealized
(depreciation)
appreciation
(000)
  Dividend
income
(000)
  Value of
affiliates at
8/31/2019
(000)
 
Common stocks 6.41%                
Information technology 0.00%                
Trimble Inc.2,5 $98,677  $(108,703) $  $ 
Health care 2.56%                
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.2  (8,009)  (166,961)     802,354 
PerkinElmer, Inc.  13,066   (86,100)  926   546,832 
Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corp.2  (6,234)  30,209      333,469 
               1,682,655 
Industrials 1.74%                
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.     53,615   1,375   773,183 
Middleby Corp.2     (51,360)     373,448 
               1,146,631 
Consumer discretionary 0.48%                
Williams-Sonoma, Inc.  2,039   34,304   4,548   311,735 
Texas Roadhouse, Inc.5  79,120   (121,834)  2,325    
               311,735 
Energy 1.14%                
Concho Resources Inc.     (340,715)  2,274   750,558 
Materials 0.49%                
Valvoline Inc.  (2,027)  59,074   3,112   323,250 
Total common stocks              4,214,829 
Short-term securities 9.29%                
Money market investments 9.29%                
Capital Group Central Cash Fund 2.16%4  99   (19)  68,462   6,109,460 
Total 15.70% $176,731  $(698,490) $83,022  $10,324,289 

 

1Valued under fair value procedures adopted by authority of the board of trustees. The total value of all such securities, including those in “Other securities,” was $2,789,892,000, which represented 4.24% of the net assets of the fund. This entire amount relates to certain securities trading outside the U.S. whose values were adjusted as a result of significant market movements following the close of local trading.
2Security did not produce income during the last 12 months.
3Represents an affiliated company as defined under the Investment Company Act of 1940.
4Rate represents the seven-day yield at 8/31/2019.
5Unaffiliated issuer at 8/31/2019.

 

Key to abbreviation

ADR = American Depositary Receipts

 

See notes to financial statements.

 

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Financial statements

 

Statement of assets and liabilities
at August 31, 2019
unaudited
(dollars in thousands)

 

Assets:      
Investment securities, at value:        
Unaffiliated issuers (cost: $37,414,062) $55,386,545     
Affiliated issuers (cost: $9,952,600)  10,324,289  $65,710,834 
Cash      974 
Cash denominated in currencies other than U.S. dollars (cost: $72,254)      72,254 
Receivables for:        
Sales of investments  87,057     
Sales of fund’s shares  44,800     
Dividends  59,652     
Other  1,113   192,622 
       65,976,684 
Liabilities:        
Payables for:        
Purchases of investments  109,783     
Repurchases of fund’s shares  63,022     
Investment advisory services  16,540     
Services provided by related parties  15,473     
Trustees’ deferred compensation  3,414     
Other  8,230   216,462 
Net assets at August 31, 2019     $65,760,222 
         
Net assets consist of:        
Capital paid in on shares of beneficial interest     $45,231,431 
Total distributable earnings      20,528,791 
Net assets at August 31, 2019     $65,760,222 

 

See notes to financial statements.

 

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(dollars and shares in thousands, except per-share amounts)

 

Shares of beneficial interest issued and outstanding (no stated par value) —
unlimited shares authorized (2,083,755 total shares outstanding)

 

     Shares  Net asset 
  Net assets  outstanding  value per share 
Class A $30,518,343   964,882  $31.63 
Class C  1,394,705   50,890   27.41 
Class T  11   *  31.67 
Class F-1  1,541,285   49,196   31.33 
Class F-2  7,582,869   237,869   31.88 
Class F-3  3,856,982   121,625   31.71 
Class 529-A  1,875,637   60,039   31.24 
Class 529-C  232,921   8,451   27.56 
Class 529-E  78,766   2,598   30.32 
Class 529-T  13   *  31.66 
Class 529-F-1  146,376   4,641   31.54 
Class R-1  80,443   2,848   28.24 
Class R-2  617,886   21,883   28.24 
Class R-2E  67,666   2,171   31.16 
Class R-3  1,086,565   35,617   30.51 
Class R-4  1,096,972   35,021   31.32 
Class R-5E  45,460   1,434   31.70 
Class R-5  796,189   24,777   32.13 
Class R-6  14,741,133   459,813   32.06 

 

*Amount less than one thousand.

 

See notes to financial statements.

 

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Statement of operations
for the six months ended August 31, 2019
unaudited
(dollars in thousands)

 

Investment income:      
Income:      
Dividends (net of non-U.S. taxes of $4,387; also includes $83,022 from affiliates) $483,622     
Interest  6,848  $490,470 
Fees and expenses*:        
Investment advisory services  99,486     
Distribution services  58,936     
Transfer agent services  25,356     
Administrative services  10,338     
Reports to shareholders  1,082     
Registration statement and prospectus  1,220     
Trustees’ compensation  457     
Auditing and legal  114     
Custodian  360     
Other  819     
Total fees and expenses before reimbursements  198,168     
Less transfer agent services reimbursements  1     
Total fees and expenses after reimbursements      198,167 
Net investment income      292,303 
         
Net realized gain and unrealized depreciation:        
Net realized gain (loss) on:        
Investment:        
Unaffiliated issuers  1,757,670     
Affiliated issuers  176,731     
Currency transactions  (1,023)  1,933,378 
Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on:        
Investments (net of non-U.S. taxes of $7,865):        
Unaffiliated issuers  477,362     
Affiliated issuers  (698,490)    
Currency translations  65   (221,063)
Net realized gain and unrealized depreciation      1,712,315 
         
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations     $2,004,618 

 

*Additional information related to class-specific fees and expenses is included in the notes to financial statements.

 

See notes to financial statements.

 

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Statements of changes in net assets

 

(dollars in thousands)

 

  Six months ended  Year ended 
  August 31, 2019*  February 28, 2019 
Operations:        
Net investment income $292,303  $459,342 
Net realized gain  1,933,378   4,415,955 
Net unrealized depreciation  (221,063)  (2,702,279)
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations  2,004,618   2,173,018 
 
Distributions paid to shareholders  (372,136)  (5,948,794)
 
Net capital share transactions  (651,376)  5,024,665 
 
Total increase in net assets  981,106   1,248,889 
 
Net assets:        
Beginning of period  64,779,116   63,530,227 
End of period $65,760,222  $64,779,116 

 

*Unaudited.

 

See notes to financial statements.

 

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Notes to financial statementsunaudited

 

1. Organization

 

AMCAP Fund (the “fund”) is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 as an open-end, diversified management investment company. The fund seeks to provide long-term growth of capital.

 

The fund has 19 share classes consisting of six retail share classes (Classes A, C, T, F-1, F-2 and F-3), five 529 college savings plan share classes (Classes 529-A, 529-C, 529-E, 529-T and 529-F-1) and eight retirement plan share classes (Classes R-1, R-2, R-2E, R-3, R-4, R-5E, R-5 and R-6). The 529 college savings plan share classes can be used to save for college education. The retirement plan share classes are generally offered only through eligible employer-sponsored retirement plans. The fund’s share classes are described further in the following table:

 

Share class Initial sales
charge
 Contingent deferred sales
charge upon redemption
 Conversion feature
Classes A and 529-A Up to 5.75% None (except 1% for certain redemptions within 18 months of purchase without an initial sales charge) None
Class C None 1% for redemptions within one year of purchase Class C converts to Class F-1 after 10 years
Class 529-C None 1% for redemptions within one year of purchase Class 529-C converts to Class 529-A after 10 years
Class 529-E None None None
Classes T and 529-T* Up to 2.50% None None
Classes F-1, F-2, F-3 and 529-F-1 None None None
Classes R-1, R-2, R-2E, R-3, R-4, R-5E, R-5 and R-6 None None None
*Class T and 529-T shares are not available for purchase.

 

Holders of all share classes have equal pro rata rights to the assets, dividends and liquidation proceeds of the fund. Each share class has identical voting rights, except for the exclusive right to vote on matters affecting only its class. Share classes have different fees and expenses (“class-specific fees and expenses”), primarily due to different arrangements for distribution, transfer agent and administrative services. Differences in class-specific fees and expenses will result in differences in net investment income and, therefore, the payment of different per-share dividends by each share class.

 

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2. Significant accounting policies

 

The fund is an investment company that applies the accounting and reporting guidance issued in Topic 946 by the U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board. The fund’s financial statements have been prepared to comply with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP”). These principles require the fund’s investment adviser to make estimates and assumptions that affect reported amounts and disclosures. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Subsequent events, if any, have been evaluated through the date of issuance in the preparation of the financial statements. The fund follows the significant accounting policies described in this section, as well as the valuation policies described in the next section on valuation.

 

Security transactions and related investment income — Security transactions are recorded by the fund as of the date the trades are executed with brokers. Realized gains and losses from security transactions are determined based on the specific identified cost of the securities. In the event a security is purchased with a delayed payment date, the fund will segregate liquid assets sufficient to meet its payment obligations. Dividend income is recognized on the ex-dividend date and interest income is recognized on an accrual basis. Market discounts, premiums and original issue discounts on fixed-income securities are amortized daily over the expected life of the security.

 

Class allocations — Income, fees and expenses (other than class-specific fees and expenses) and realized and unrealized gains and losses are allocated daily among the various share classes based on their relative net assets. Class-specific fees and expenses, such as distribution, transfer agent and administrative services, are charged directly to the respective share class.

 

Distributions paid to shareholders — Income dividends and capital gain distributions are recorded on the ex-dividend date.

 

Currency translation — Assets and liabilities, including investment securities, denominated in currencies other than U.S. dollars are translated into U.S. dollars at the exchange rates supplied by one or more pricing vendors on the valuation date. Purchases and sales of investment securities and income and expenses are translated into U.S. dollars at the exchange rates on the dates of such transactions. The effects of changes in exchange rates on investment securities are included with the net realized gain or loss and net unrealized appreciation or depreciation on investments in the fund’s statement of operations. The realized gain or loss and unrealized appreciation or depreciation resulting from all other transactions denominated in currencies other than U.S. dollars are disclosed separately.

 

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3. Valuation

 

Capital Research and Management Company (“CRMC”), the fund’s investment adviser, values the fund’s investments at fair value as defined by U.S. GAAP. The net asset value of each share class of the fund is generally determined as of approximately 4:00 p.m.

New York time each day the New York Stock Exchange is open.

 

Methods and inputs — The fund’s investment adviser uses the following methods and inputs to establish the fair value of the fund’s assets and liabilities. Use of particular methods and inputs may vary over time based on availability and relevance as market and economic conditions evolve.

 

Equity securities are generally valued at the official closing price of, or the last reported sale price on, the exchange or market on which such securities are traded, as of the close of business on the day the securities are being valued or, lacking any sales, at the last available bid price. Prices for each security are taken from the principal exchange or market on which the security trades.

 

Fixed-income securities, including short-term securities, are generally valued at prices obtained from one or more pricing vendors. Vendors value such securities based on one or more of the inputs described in the following table. The table provides examples of inputs that are commonly relevant for valuing particular classes of fixed-income securities in which the fund is authorized to invest. However, these classifications are not exclusive, and any of the inputs may be used to value any other class of fixed-income security.

 

Fixed-income class Examples of standard inputs
All Benchmark yields, transactions, bids, offers, quotations from dealers and trading systems, new issues, spreads and other relationships observed in the markets among comparable securities; and proprietary pricing models such as yield measures calculated using factors such as cash flows, financial or collateral performance and other reference data (collectively referred to as “standard inputs”)
Corporate bonds & notes; convertible securities Standard inputs and underlying equity of the issuer
Bonds & notes of governments & government agencies Standard inputs and interest rate volatilities

 

When the fund’s investment adviser deems it appropriate to do so (such as when vendor prices are unavailable or deemed to be not representative), fixed-income securities will be valued in good faith at the mean quoted bid and ask prices that are reasonably and timely available (or bid prices, if ask prices are not available) or at prices for securities of comparable maturity, quality and type.

 

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Securities with both fixed-income and equity characteristics, or equity securities traded principally among fixed-income dealers, are generally valued in the manner described for either equity or fixed-income securities, depending on which method is deemed most appropriate by the fund’s investment adviser. The Capital Group Central Cash Fund (“CCF”), a fund within the Capital Group Central Fund Series (“Central Funds”), is valued based upon a floating net asset value, which fluctuates with changes in the value of CCF’s portfolio securities. The underlying securities are valued based on the policies and procedures in CCF’s statement of additional information.

 

Securities and other assets for which representative market quotations are not readily available or are considered unreliable by the fund’s investment adviser are fair valued as determined in good faith under fair valuation guidelines adopted by authority of the fund’s board of trustees as further described. The investment adviser follows fair valuation guidelines, consistent with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules and guidance, to consider relevant principles and factors when making fair value determinations. The investment adviser considers relevant indications of value that are reasonably and timely available to it in determining the fair value to be assigned to a particular security, such as the type and cost of the security; contractual or legal restrictions on resale of the security; relevant financial or business developments of the issuer; actively traded similar or related securities; conversion or exchange rights on the security; related corporate actions; significant events occurring after the close of trading in the security; and changes in overall market conditions. In addition, the closing prices of equity securities that trade in markets outside U.S. time zones may be adjusted to reflect significant events that occur after the close of local trading but before the net asset value of each share class of the fund is determined. Fair valuations and valuations of investments that are not actively trading involve judgment and may differ materially from valuations that would have been used had greater market activity occurred.

 

Processes and structure — The fund’s board of trustees has delegated authority to the fund’s investment adviser to make fair value determinations, subject to board oversight. The investment adviser has established a Joint Fair Valuation Committee (the “Fair Valuation Committee”) to administer, implement and oversee the fair valuation process, and to make fair value decisions. The Fair Valuation Committee regularly reviews its own fair value decisions, as well as decisions made under its standing instructions to the investment adviser’s valuation teams. The Fair Valuation Committee reviews changes in fair value measurements from period to period and may, as deemed appropriate, update the fair valuation guidelines to better reflect the results of back testing and address new or evolving issues. The Fair Valuation Committee reports any changes to the fair valuation guidelines to the board of trustees. The fund’s board and audit committee also regularly review reports that describe fair value determinations and methods.

 

The fund’s investment adviser has also established a Fixed-Income Pricing Review Group to administer and oversee the fixed-income valuation process, including the use of fixed-income pricing vendors. This group regularly reviews pricing vendor information and market data. Pricing decisions, processes and controls over security valuation are also subject to additional internal reviews, including an annual control self-evaluation program facilitated by the investment adviser’s compliance group.

 

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Classifications — The fund’s investment adviser classifies the fund’s assets and liabilities into three levels based on the inputs used to value the assets or liabilities. Level 1 values are based on quoted prices in active markets for identical securities. Level 2 values are based on significant observable market inputs, such as quoted prices for similar securities and quoted prices in inactive markets. Certain securities trading outside the U.S. may transfer between Level 1 and Level 2 due to valuation adjustments resulting from significant market movements following the close of local trading. Level 3 values are based on significant unobservable inputs that reflect the investment adviser’s determination of assumptions that market participants might reasonably use in valuing the securities. The valuation levels are not necessarily an indication of the risk or liquidity associated with the underlying investment. For example, U.S. government securities are reflected as Level 2 because the inputs used to determine fair value may not always be quoted prices in an active market. The following table presents the fund’s valuation levels as of August 31, 2019 (dollars in thousands):

 

  Investment securities 
  Level 1  Level 2  Level 3  Total 
Assets:                
Common stocks:                
Information technology $13,661,107  $1,024,272  $  $14,685,379 
Health care  13,573,006   81,444      13,654,450 
Communication services  6,906,431   532,696      7,439,127 
Industrials  7,005,063   133,853      7,138,916 
Consumer discretionary  5,417,441   345,130      5,762,571 
Financials  2,749,132   511,844      3,260,976 
Energy  3,217,481         3,217,481 
Consumer staples  2,089,188   160,653      2,249,841 
Materials  1,041,684         1,041,684 
Real estate  829,765         829,765 
Utilities  321,184         321,184 
Short-term securities  6,109,460         6,109,460 
Total $62,920,942  $2,789,892  $  $65,710,834 

 

4. Risk factors

 

Investing in the fund may involve certain risks including, but not limited to, those described below.

 

Market conditions — The prices of, and the income generated by, the common stocks and other securities held by the fund may decline — sometimes rapidly or unpredictably — due to various factors, including events or conditions affecting the general economy or particular industries; overall market changes; local, regional or global political, social or economic instability; governmental, governmental agency or central bank responses to economic conditions; and currency exchange rate, interest rate and commodity price fluctuations.

 

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Issuer risks — The prices of, and the income generated by, securities held by the fund may decline in response to various factors directly related to the issuers of such securities, including reduced demand for an issuer’s goods or services, poor management performance, major litigation against the issuer, changes in government regulations affecting the issuer or its competitive environment and strategic initiatives such as mergers, acquisitions or dispositions and the market response to any such initiatives.

 

Investing in growth-oriented stocks — Growth-oriented common stocks and other equity-type securities (such as preferred stocks, convertible preferred stocks and convertible bonds) may involve larger price swings and greater potential for loss than other types of investments. These risks may be even greater in the case of smaller capitalization stocks.

 

Investing outside the U.S. — Securities of issuers domiciled outside the U.S., or with significant operations or revenues outside the U.S., may lose value because of adverse political, social, economic or market developments (including social instability, regional conflicts, terrorism and war) in the countries or regions in which the issuers operate or generate revenue. These securities may also lose value due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates against the U.S. dollar and/or currencies of other countries. Issuers of these securities may be more susceptible to actions of foreign governments, such as nationalization, currency blockage or the imposition of price controls or punitive taxes, each of which could adversely impact the value of these securities. Securities markets in certain countries may be more volatile and/or less liquid than those in the U.S. Investments outside the U.S. may also be subject to different accounting practices and different regulatory, legal and reporting standards and practices, and may be more difficult to value, than those in the U.S. In addition, the value of investments outside the U.S. may be reduced by foreign taxes, including foreign withholding taxes on interest and dividends. Further, there may be increased risks of delayed settlement of securities purchased or sold by the fund. The risks of investing outside the U.S. may be heightened in connection with investments in emerging markets.

 

Management— The investment adviser to the fund actively manages the fund’s investments. Consequently, the fund is subject to the risk that the methods and analyses, including models, tools and data, employed by the investment adviser in this process may be flawed or incorrect and may not produce the desired results. This could cause the fund to lose value or its investment results to lag relevant benchmarks or other funds with similar objectives.

 

5. Taxation and distributions

 

Federal income taxation — The fund complies with the requirements under Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code applicable to mutual funds and intends to distribute substantially all of its net taxable income and net capital gains each year. The fund is not subject to income taxes to the extent such distributions are made. Therefore, no federal income tax provision is required.

 

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As of and during the period ended August 31, 2019, the fund did not have a liability for any unrecognized tax benefits. The fund recognizes interest and penalties, if any, related to unrecognized tax benefits as income tax expense in the statement of operations. During the period, the fund did not incur any significant interest or penalties.

 

The fund’s tax returns are not subject to examination by federal, state and, if applicable, non-U.S. tax authorities after the expiration of each jurisdiction’s statute of limitations, which is generally three years after the date of filing but can be extended in certain jurisdictions.

 

Non-U.S. taxation — Dividend and interest income are recorded net of non-U.S. taxes paid. The fund may file withholding tax reclaims in certain jurisdictions to recover a portion of amounts previously withheld. As a result of rulings from European courts, the fund filed for additional reclaims related to prior years. These reclaims are recorded when the amount is known and there are no significant uncertainties on collectability. Gains realized by the fund on the sale of securities in certain countries, if any, may be subject to non-U.S. taxes. If applicable, the fund records an estimated deferred tax liability based on unrealized gains to provide for potential non-U.S. taxes payable upon the sale of these securities.

 

Distributions — Distributions paid to shareholders are based on net investment income and net realized gains determined on a tax basis, which may differ from net investment income and net realized gains for financial reporting purposes. These differences are due primarily to different treatment for items such as currency gains and losses; short-term capital gains and losses and income on certain investments. The fiscal year in which amounts are distributed may differ from the year in which the net investment income and net realized gains are recorded by the fund for financial reporting purposes.

 

The components of distributable earnings on a tax basis are reported as of the fund’s most recent year-end. As of February 28, 2019, the components of distributable earnings on a tax basis were as follows (dollars in thousands):

 

Undistributed long-term capital gains $371,546 

 

As of August 31, 2019, the tax basis unrealized appreciation (depreciation) and cost of investments were as follows (dollars in thousands):

 

Gross unrealized appreciation on investments $20,095,904 
Gross unrealized depreciation on investments  (1,782,514)
Net unrealized appreciation on investments  18,313,390 
Cost of investments  47,397,444 

 

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Distributions paid were characterized for tax purposes as follows (dollars in thousands):

 

  Six months ended August 31, 2019  Year ended February 28, 2019 
Share class Ordinary
income
  Long-term
capital gains
  Total
distributions
paid
  Ordinary
income
  Long-term
capital gains
  Total
distributions
paid
 
Class A $  $171,735  $171,735  $163,712  $2,605,159  $2,768,871 
Class C     9,215   9,215      145,517   145,517 
Class T     *  *  *  1   1 
Class F-1     9,110   9,110   7,425   156,214   163,639 
Class F-2     41,990   41,990   51,409   601,056   652,465 
Class F-3     21,317   21,317   27,490   295,296   322,786 
Class 529-A     10,858   10,858   8,940   163,115   172,055 
Class 529-C     1,544   1,544      25,498   25,498 
Class 529-E     471   471   258   7,404   7,662 
Class 529-T     *  *  *  1   1 
Class 529-F-1     829   829   965   11,700   12,665 
Class R-1     546   546      9,036   9,036 
Class R-2     3,949   3,949      60,653   60,653 
Class R-2E     373   373   121   5,037   5,158 
Class R-3     6,532   6,532   2,895   109,882   112,777 
Class R-4     6,407   6,407   5,685   108,829   114,514 
Class R-5E     204   204   138   1,405   1,543 
Class R-5     5,510   5,510   7,879   93,892   101,771 
Class R-6     81,546   81,546   107,084   1,165,098   1,272,182 
Total $  $372,136  $372,136  $384,001  $5,564,793  $5,948,794 
                         
*Amount less than one thousand.

 

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6. Fees and transactions with related parties

 

CRMC, the fund’s investment adviser, is the parent company of American Funds Distributors,® Inc. (“AFD”), the principal underwriter of the fund’s shares, and American Funds Service Company® (“AFS”), the fund’s transfer agent. CRMC, AFD and AFS are considered related parties to the fund.

 

Investment advisory services — The fund has an investment advisory and service agreement with CRMC that provides for monthly fees accrued daily. At the beginning of the year, these fees were based on a series of decreasing annual rates beginning with 0.485% on the first $1 billion of daily net assets and decreasing to 0.280% on such assets in excess of $55 billion. On March 7, 2019, the fund’s board of trustees approved an amended investment advisory and service agreement effective May 1, 2019, decreasing the annual rate to 0.277% on daily net assets in excess of $71 billion. For the six months ended August 31, 2019, the investment advisory services fee was $99,486,000, which was equivalent to an annualized rate of 0.297% of average daily net assets.

 

Class-specific fees and expenses — Expenses that are specific to individual share classes are accrued directly to the respective share class. The principal class-specific fees and expenses are further described below:

 

Distribution services — The fund has plans of distribution for all share classes, except Class F-2, F-3, R-5E, R-5 and R-6 shares. Under the plans, the board of trustees approves certain categories of expenses that are used to finance activities primarily intended to sell fund shares and service existing accounts. The plans provide for payments, based on an annualized percentage of average daily net assets, ranging from 0.25% to 1.00% as noted in this section. In some cases, the board of trustees has limited the amounts that may be paid to less than the maximum allowed by the plans. All share classes with a plan may use up to 0.25% of average daily net assets to pay service fees, or to compensate AFD for paying service fees, to firms that have entered into agreements with AFD to provide certain shareholder services. The remaining amounts available to be paid under each plan are paid to dealers to compensate them for their sales activities.

 

Share class Currently approved limits Plan limits
Class A          0.25%           0.25%
Class 529-A  0.25   0.50 
Classes C, 529-C and R-1  1.00   1.00 
Class R-2  0.75   1.00 
Class R-2E  0.60   0.85 
Classes 529-E and R-3  0.50   0.75 
Classes T, F-1, 529-T, 529-F-1 and R-4  0.25   0.50 

 

For Class A and 529-A shares, distribution-related expenses include the reimbursement of dealer and wholesaler commissions paid by AFD for certain shares sold without a sales charge. These share classes reimburse AFD for amounts

 

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billed within the prior 15 months but only to the extent that the overall annual expense limits are not exceeded. As of August 31, 2019, unreimbursed expenses subject to reimbursement totaled $1,036,000 for Class A shares. There were no unreimbursed expenses subject to reimbursement for Class 529-A shares.

 

Transfer agent services — The fund has a shareholder services agreement with AFS under which the fund compensates AFS for providing transfer agent services to each of the fund’s share classes. These services include recordkeeping, shareholder communications and transaction processing. In addition, the fund reimburses AFS for amounts paid to third parties for performing transfer agent services on behalf of fund shareholders.

 

Administrative services — The fund has an administrative services agreement with CRMC under which the fund compensates CRMC for providing administrative services to all share classes. Administrative services are provided by CRMC and its affiliates to help assist third parties providing non-distribution services to fund shareholders. These services include providing in depth information on the fund and market developments that impact fund investments. Administrative services also include, but are not limited to, coordinating, monitoring and overseeing third parties that provide services to fund shareholders. The agreement provides the fund the ability to charge an administrative services fee at the annual rate of 0.05% of the daily net assets attributable to each share class of the fund. Prior to July 1, 2019, Class A shares paid CRMC an administrative services fee at the annual rate of 0.01% of daily net assets and all other share classes paid a fee at the annual rate of 0.05% of their respective daily net assets. The fund’s board of trustees authorized the fund to pay CRMC effective July 1, 2019, an administrative services fee at the annual rate of 0.03% of the average daily net assets attributable to each share class of the fund (which could increase as noted above) for CRMC’s provision of administrative services.

 

529 plan services — Each 529 share class is subject to service fees to compensate the Virginia College Savings Plan (“Virginia529”) for its oversight and administration of the CollegeAmerica 529 college savings plan. The fee is based on the combined net assets invested in Class 529 and ABLE shares of the American Funds. Class ABLE shares are offered on other American Funds by Virginia529 through ABLEAmerica®, a tax-advantaged savings program for individuals with disabilities. The quarterly fee is based on a series of decreasing annual rates beginning with 0.10% on the first $20 billion of the combined net assets invested in the American Funds and decreasing to 0.03% on such assets in excess of $100 billion. The fee for any given calendar quarter is accrued and calculated on the basis of the average net assets of Class 529 and ABLE shares of the American Funds for the last month of the prior calendar quarter. The fee is included in other expenses in the fund’s statement of operations. Virginia529 is not considered a related party to the fund.

 

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For the six months ended August 31, 2019, class-specific expenses under the agreements were as follows (dollars in thousands):

 

Share class Distribution
services
 Transfer agent
services
 Administrative
services
 529 plan
services
 
Class A $38,774 $15,425 $2,603 Not applicable 
Class C 7,199 720 314 Not applicable 
Class T  **Not applicable 
Class F-1 2,031 1,021 354 Not applicable 
Class F-2 Not applicable 4,094 1,647 Not applicable 
Class F-3 Not applicable 100 823 Not applicable 
Class 529-A 2,215 851 417 $633 
Class 529-C 1,198 110 54 81 
Class 529-E 201 19 18 27 
Class 529-T  ***
Class 529-F-1  65 32 49 
Class R-1 439 46 19 Not applicable 
Class R-2 2,380 1,081 137 Not applicable 
Class R-2E 199 67 14 Not applicable 
Class R-3 2,870 865 249 Not applicable 
Class R-4 1,430 578 248 Not applicable 
Class R-5E Not applicable 28 8 Not applicable 
Class R-5 Not applicable 259 215 Not applicable 
Class R-6 Not applicable 27 3,186 Not applicable 
Total class-specific expenses $58,936 $25,356 $10,338 $790 

 

 *Amount less than one thousand.

 

Trustees’ deferred compensation — Trustees who are unaffiliated with CRMC may elect to defer the cash payment of part or all of their compensation. These deferred amounts, which remain as liabilities of the fund, are treated as if invested in shares of the fund or other American Funds. These amounts represent general, unsecured liabilities of the fund and vary according to the total returns of the selected funds. Trustees’ compensation of $457,000 in the fund’s statement of operations reflects $206,000 in current fees (either paid in cash or deferred) and a net increase of $251,000 in the value of the deferred amounts.

 

Affiliated officers and trustees — Officers and certain trustees of the fund are or may be considered to be affiliated with CRMC, AFD and AFS. No affiliated officers or trustees received any compensation directly from the fund.

 

Investment in CCF — The fund holds shares of CCF, an institutional prime money market fund managed by CRMC. CCF invests in high-quality, short-term money market instruments. CCF is used as the primary investment vehicle for the fund’s short-term investments. CCF shares are only available for purchase by CRMC, its affiliates, and other funds managed by CRMC and are not available to the public. CRMC does not receive an investment advisory services fee from CCF.

 

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Security transactions with related funds — The fund purchased securities from, and sold securities to, other funds managed by CRMC (or funds managed by certain affiliates of CRMC) under procedures adopted by the fund’s board of trustees. The funds involved in such transactions are considered related by virtue of having a common investment adviser (or affiliated investment advisers), common trustees and/or common officers. Each transaction was executed at the current market price of the security and no brokerage commissions or fees were paid in accordance with Rule 17a-7 of the 1940 Act. During the six months ended August 31, 2019, the fund engaged in such purchase and sale transactions with related funds in the amounts of $373,574,000 and $949,556,000, respectively, which generated $31,433,000 of net realized gains from such sales.

 

Interfund lending — Pursuant to an exemptive order issued by the SEC, the fund, along with other CRMC-managed funds (or funds managed by certain affiliates of CRMC), may participate in an interfund lending program. The program provides an alternate credit facility that permits the funds to lend or borrow cash for temporary purposes directly to or from one another, subject to the conditions of the exemptive order. The fund did not lend or borrow cash through the interfund lending program at any time during the six months ended August 31, 2019.

 

7. Capital share transactions

 

Capital share transactions in the fund were as follows (dollars and shares in thousands):

 

  Sales*  Reinvestments of
 distributions
  Repurchases*  Net (decrease)
increase
 
Share class Amount  Shares  Amount  Shares  Amount  Shares  Amount  Shares 
                          
Six months ended August 31, 2019                         
                          
Class A $1,161,974   36,688  $169,269   5,406  $(1,791,119)  (56,483) $(459,876)  (14,389)
Class C  83,468   3,034   9,143   336   (178,620)  (6,504)  (86,009)  (3,134)
Class T                        
Class F-1  90,062   2,885   8,892   287   (229,085)  (7,262)  (130,131)  (4,090)
Class F-2  870,922   27,269   40,691   1,290   (935,667)  (29,379)  (24,054)  (820)
Class F-3  563,155   17,808   21,173   675   (337,953)  (10,651)  246,375   7,832 
Class 529-A  93,833   2,996   10,852   351   (151,181)  (4,816)  (46,496)  (1,469)
Class 529-C  11,969   433   1,544   56   (34,488)  (1,243)  (20,975)  (754)
Class 529-E  3,937   130   470   16   (7,712)  (253)  (3,305)  (107)
Class 529-T                    
Class 529-F-1  10,986   348   829   27   (13,085)  (415)  (1,270)  (40)
Class R-1  5,431   192   544   19   (16,983)  (594)  (11,008)  (383)
Class R-2  67,411   2,375   3,947   141   (89,919)  (3,157)  (18,561)  (641)
Class R-2E  10,699   341   373   12   (5,756)  (184)  5,316   169 
Class R-3  94,124   3,067   6,524   216   (197,408)  (6,451)  (96,760)  (3,168)
Class R-4  85,425   2,725   6,401   207   (153,229)  (4,868)  (61,403)  (1,936)
Class R-5E  19,071   596   204   6   (5,800)  (183)  13,475   419 
Class R-5  53,744   1,674   5,509   173   (325,541)  (10,016)  (266,288)  (8,169)
Class R-6  1,245,786   38,984   81,488   2,570   (1,017,680)  (31,588)  309,594   9,966 
Total net increase (decrease) $4,471,997   141,545  $367,853   11,788  $(5,491,226)  (174,047) $(651,376)  (20,714)

 

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  Sales*  Reinvestments of distributions  Repurchases*  Net increase
(decrease)
 
Share class Amount  Shares  Amount  Shares  Amount  Shares  Amount  Shares 
                                 
Year ended February 28, 2019                          
                                 
Class A $2,970,961   91,991  $2,725,877   94,378  $(3,864,791)  (120,333) $1,832,047   66,036 
Class C  247,487   8,669   144,207   5,693   (355,415)  (12,553)  36,279   1,809 
Class T                        
Class F-1  262,694   8,097   159,936   5,537   (854,851)  (26,312)  (432,221)  (12,678)
Class F-2  2,843,286   87,046   632,680   21,888   (1,719,420)  (53,827)  1,756,546   55,107 
Class F-3  990,751   30,529   320,102   11,112   (709,605)  (22,158)  601,248   19,483 
Class 529-A  217,154   6,794   171,904   6,016   (264,328)  (8,259)  124,730   4,551 
Class 529-C  33,924   1,185   25,406   996   (68,417)  (2,395)  (9,087)  (214)
Class 529-E  11,204   360   7,637   275   (16,830)  (544)  2,011   91 
Class 529-T        1           1   
Class 529-F-1  47,237   1,449   12,635   442   (22,808)  (715)  37,064   1,176 
Class R-1  11,988   407   8,984   343   (33,287)  (1,125)  (12,315)  (375)
Class R-2  157,911   5,389   60,569   2,322   (184,505)  (6,368)  33,975   1,343 
Class R-2E  21,736   675   5,158   181   (8,481)  (272)  18,413   584 
Class R-3  268,849   8,575   112,674   4,014   (467,935)  (15,026)  (86,412)  (2,437)
Class R-4  227,986   7,064   114,469   3,977   (548,753)  (17,081)  (206,298)  (6,040)
Class R-5E  28,174   905   1,541   55   (4,612)  (143)  25,103   817 
Class R-5  157,759   4,764   101,720   3,464   (511,736)  (15,692)  (252,257)  (7,464)
Class R-6  2,540,357   78,062   1,271,006   43,558   (2,255,525)  (66,788)  1,555,838   54,832 
Total net increase (decrease) $11,039,458   341,961  $5,876,506   204,251  $(11,891,299)  (369,591) $5,024,665   176,621 

 

*Includes exchanges between share classes of the fund.
Amount less than one thousand.

 

8. Investment transactions

 

The fund made purchases and sales of investment securities, excluding short-term securities and U.S. government obligations, if any, of $10,277,727,000 and $10,260,434,000, respectively, during the six months ended August 31, 2019.

 

AMCAP Fund25
 

Financial highlights

 

     Income (loss) from investment operations1
Period ended Net asset
value,
beginning
of period
  Net
investment
income
(loss)
  Net gains
(losses) on
securities (both
realized and
unrealized)
  Total from
investment
operations
 
Class A:                
8/31/20194,5 $30.87  $.13  $.81  $.94 
2/28/2019  33.07   .21   .63   .84 
2/28/2018  28.82   .18   5.76   5.94 
2/28/2017  24.47   .16   5.23   5.39 
2/29/2016  29.03   .10   (2.36)  (2.26)
2/28/2015  28.53   .08   3.04   3.12 
Class C:                
8/31/20194,5  26.88   8  .71   .71 
2/28/2019  29.23   (.04)  .55   .51 
2/28/2018  25.74   (.06)  5.11   5.05 
2/28/2017  22.02   (.05)  4.69   4.64 
2/29/2016  26.57   (.11)  (2.14)  (2.25)
2/28/2015  26.52   (.14)  2.80   2.66 
Class T:                
8/31/20194,5  30.88   .16   .81   .97 
2/28/2019  33.07   .28   .63   .91 
2/28/20184,11  28.79   .23   5.80   6.03 
Class F-1:                
8/31/20194,5  30.59   .12   .80   .92 
2/28/2019  32.78   .19   .62   .81 
2/28/2018  28.58   .16   5.71   5.87 
2/28/2017  24.27   .14   5.19   5.33 
2/29/2016  28.83   .09   (2.35)  (2.26)
2/28/2015  28.36   .06   3.02   3.08 
Class F-2:                
8/31/20194,5  31.08   .16   .82   .98 
2/28/2019  33.27   .28   .63   .91 
2/28/2018  28.98   .24   5.79   6.03 
2/28/2017  24.60   .22   5.26   5.48 
2/29/2016  29.11   .16   (2.37)  (2.21)
2/28/2015  28.61   .14   3.04   3.18 
Class F-3:                
8/31/20194,5  30.90   .18   .81   .99 
2/28/2019  33.09   .31   .62   .93 
2/28/2018  28.83   .27   5.76   6.03 
2/28/20174,12  28.36   .02   .45   .47 

 

26AMCAP Fund
 
Dividends and distributions                   
Dividends
(from net
investment
income)
  Distributions
(from capital
gains)
  Total
dividends
and
distributions
  Net asset
value, end
of period
  Total return2,3  Net assets,
end of
period
(in
millions)
  Ratio of
expenses to
average net
assets before
waivers/
reimbursements
  Ratio of
expenses to
average net
assets after
waivers/
reimbursements3
  Ratio of net
income (loss)
to average
net assets3
 
                          
$  $(.18) $(.18) $31.63   3.04%6  $30,518   .67%7   .67%7   .79%7 
 (.18)  (2.86)  (3.04)  30.87   3.35   30,234   .66   .66   .65 
 (.13)  (1.56)  (1.69)  33.07   21.10   30,196   .67   .67   .58 
 (.12)  (.92)  (1.04)  28.82   22.38   27,269   .68   .68   .59 
    (2.30)  (2.30)  24.47   (8.34)  23,786   .67   .67   .38 
 (.01)  (2.61)  (2.62)  29.03   11.33   25,740   .68   .68   .27 
                          
    (.18)  (.18)  27.41   2.636   1,395   1.447   1.447   .027 
    (2.86)  (2.86)  26.88   2.56   1,452   1.45   1.45   (.14)
    (1.56)  (1.56)  29.23   20.13   1,526   1.47   1.47   (.22)
    (.92)  (.92)  25.74   21.42   1,503   1.49   1.49   (.22)
    (2.30)  (2.30)  22.02   (9.10)  1,386   1.48   1.48   (.44)
    (2.61)  (2.61)  26.57   10.44   1,603   1.49   1.49   (.53)
                          
    (.18)  (.18)  31.67   3.146,9   10   .457,9   .457,9   1.027,9 
 (.24)  (2.86)  (3.10)  30.88   3.599   10   .459   .459   .869 
 (.19)  (1.56)  (1.75)  33.07   21.466,9   10   .457,9   .457,9   .817,9 
                          
    (.18)  (.18)  31.33   3.006   1,541   .727   .727   .747 
 (.14)  (2.86)  (3.00)  30.59   3.29   1,630   .73   .73   .58 
 (.11)  (1.56)  (1.67)  32.78   21.02   2,162   .74   .74   .52 
 (.10)  (.92)  (1.02)  28.58   22.31   2,303   .75   .75   .53 
    (2.30)  (2.30)  24.27   (8.40)  2,448   .73   .73   .31 
    (2.61)  (2.61)  28.83   11.27   2,723   .74   .74   .22 
                          
    (.18)  (.18)  31.88   3.156   7,583   .467   .467   1.017 
 (.24)  (2.86)  (3.10)  31.08   3.56   7,419   .47   .47   .85 
 (.18)  (1.56)  (1.74)  33.27   21.31   6,107   .47   .47   .79 
 (.18)  (.92)  (1.10)  28.98   22.66   6,251   .48   .48   .79 
    (2.30)  (2.30)  24.60   (8.14)  3,593   .47   .47   .57 
 (.07)  (2.61)  (2.68)  29.11   11.53   3,609   .47   .47   .49 
                          
    (.18)  (.18)  31.71   3.206   3,857   .357   .357   1.117 
 (.26)  (2.86)  (3.12)  30.90   3.68   3,517   .36   .36   .95 
 (.21)  (1.56)  (1.77)  33.09   21.44   3,121   .37   .37   .85 
          28.83   1.666   3   .036   .036   .096 

 

See end of table for footnotes.

 

AMCAP Fund27
 

Financial highlights (continued)

 

     Income (loss) from investment operations1
Period ended Net asset
value,
beginning
of period
  Net
investment
income
(loss)
  Net gains
(losses) on
securities (both
realized and
unrealized)
  Total from
investment
operations
 
Class 529-A:                
8/31/20194,5 $30.51  $.12  $.79  $.91 
2/28/2019  32.71   .18   .64   .82 
2/28/2018  28.54   .15   5.70   5.85 
2/28/2017  24.24   .13   5.19   5.32 
2/29/2016  28.81   .08   (2.35)  (2.27)
2/28/2015  28.35   .05   3.02   3.07 
Class 529-C:                
8/31/20194,5  27.03   8  .71   .71 
2/28/2019  29.39   (.05)  .55   .50 
2/28/2018  25.89   (.07)  5.13   5.06 
2/28/2017  22.15   (.07)  4.73   4.66 
2/29/2016  26.73   (.13)  (2.15)  (2.28)
2/28/2015  26.68   (.16)  2.82   2.66 
Class 529-E:                
8/31/20194,5  29.65   .08   .77   .85 
2/28/2019  31.89   .11   .61   .72 
2/28/2018  27.87   .08   5.56   5.64 
2/28/2017  23.70   .07   5.06   5.13 
2/29/2016  28.28   .01   (2.29)  (2.28)
2/28/2015  27.94   (.02)  2.97   2.95 
Class 529-T:                
8/31/20194,5  30.88   .16   .80   .96 
2/28/2019  33.06   .26   .64   .90 
2/28/20184,11  28.79   .21   5.80   6.01 
Class 529-F-1:                
8/31/20194,5  30.76   .15   .81   .96 
2/28/2019  32.96   .26   .63   .89 
2/28/2018  28.74   .22   5.73   5.95 
2/28/2017  24.40   .19   5.23   5.42 
2/29/2016  28.92   .13   (2.35)  (2.22)
2/28/2015  28.43   .11   3.03   3.14 
Class R-1:                
8/31/20194,5  27.69   8  .73   .73 
2/28/2019  30.03   (.04)  .56   .52 
2/28/2018  26.41   (.06)  5.24   5.18 
2/28/2017  22.56   (.05)  4.82   4.77 
2/29/2016  27.16   (.11)  (2.19)  (2.30)
2/28/2015  27.05   (.14)  2.86   2.72 

 

28AMCAP Fund
 
Dividends and distributions                   
Dividends
(from net
investment
income)
  Distributions
(from capital
gains)
  Total
dividends
and
distributions
  Net asset
value, end
of period
  Total return2,3  Net assets,
end of
period
(in
millions)
  Ratio of
expenses to
average net
assets before
waivers/
reimbursements
  Ratio of
expenses to
average net
assets after
waivers/
reimbursements3
  Ratio of net
income (loss)
to average
net assets3
 
                          
$  $(.18) $(.18) $31.24   2.98%6  $1,876   .73%7   .73%7   .73%7 
 (.16)  (2.86)  (3.02)  30.51   3.31   1,876   .74   .74   .57 
 (.12)  (1.56)  (1.68)  32.71   20.99   1,863   .74   .74   .51 
 (.10)  (.92)  (1.02)  28.54   22.31   1,528   .77   .77   .50 
    (2.30)  (2.30)  24.24   (8.44)  1,264   .77   .77   .28 
    (2.61)  (2.61)  28.81   11.24   1,370   .77   .77   .18 
                          
    (.18)  (.18)  27.56   2.626   233   1.477   1.477   (.01)7 
    (2.86)  (2.86)  27.03   2.51   249   1.49   1.49   (.17)
    (1.56)  (1.56)  29.39   20.05   277   1.52   1.52   (.26)
    (.92)  (.92)  25.89   21.39   345   1.54   1.54   (.27)
    (2.30)  (2.30)  22.15   (9.16)  301   1.55   1.55   (.50)
    (2.61)  (2.61)  26.73   10.37   334   1.56   1.56   (.60)
                          
    (.18)  (.18)  30.32   2.866   79   .957   .957   .517 
 (.10)  (2.86)  (2.96)  29.65   3.06   80   .97   .97   .35 
 (.06)  (1.56)  (1.62)  31.89   20.73   83   .97   .97   .28 
 (.04)  (.92)  (.96)  27.87   22.01   73   .99   .99   .28 
    (2.30)  (2.30)  23.70   (8.64)  62   1.00   1.00   .04 
    (2.61)  (2.61)  28.28   10.97   69   1.01   1.01   (.06)
                          
    (.18)  (.18)  31.66   3.106,9   10   .497,9   .497,9   .977,9 
 (.22)  (2.86)  (3.08)  30.88   3.579   10   .509   .509   .819 
 (.18)  (1.56)  (1.74)  33.06   21.366,9   10   .527,9   .527,9   .747,9 
                          
    (.18)  (.18)  31.54   3.126   146   .507   .507   .967 
 (.23)  (2.86)  (3.09)  30.76   3.53   144   .51   .51   .80 
 (.17)  (1.56)  (1.73)  32.96   21.25   116   .52   .52   .73 
 (.16)  (.92)  (1.08)  28.74   22.54   94   .55   .55   .72 
    (2.30)  (2.30)  24.40   (8.23)  76   .56   .56   .49 
 (.04)  (2.61)  (2.65)  28.92   11.46   83   .56   .56   .40 
                          
    (.18)  (.18)  28.24   2.636   80   1.457   1.457   .017 
    (2.86)  (2.86)  27.69   2.52   90   1.46   1.46   (.14)
    (1.56)  (1.56)  30.03   20.11   108   1.46   1.46   (.21)
    (.92)  (.92)  26.41   21.49   103   1.47   1.47   (.20)
    (2.30)  (2.30)  22.56   (9.08)  102   1.47   1.47   (.42)
    (2.61)  (2.61)  27.16   10.46   111   1.46   1.46   (.50)

 

See end of table for footnotes.

 

AMCAP Fund29
 

Financial highlights (continued)

 

     Income (loss) from investment operations1
Period ended Net asset
value,
beginning
of period
  Net
investment
income
(loss)
  Net gains
(losses) on
securities (both
realized and
unrealized)
  Total from
investment
operations
 
Class R-2:                
8/31/20194,5 $27.69  $8 $.73  $.73 
2/28/2019  30.02   (.04)  .57   .53 
2/28/2018  26.40   (.06)  5.24   5.18 
2/28/2017  22.56   (.05)  4.81   4.76 
2/29/2016  27.14   (.10)  (2.18)  (2.28)
2/28/2015  27.02   (.13)  2.86   2.73 
Class R-2E:             ��  
8/31/20194,5  30.50   .05   .79   .84 
2/28/2019  32.73   .05   .65   .70 
2/28/2018  28.61   .03   5.69   5.72 
2/28/2017  24.38   .03   5.21   5.24 
2/29/2016  29.04   .06   (2.42)  (2.36)
2/28/20154,13  29.38   .04   1.32   1.36 
Class R-3:                
8/31/20194,5  29.83   .07   .79   .86 
2/28/2019  32.06   .10   .61   .71 
2/28/2018  28.01   .07   5.59   5.66 
2/28/2017  23.81   .07   5.08   5.15 
2/29/2016  28.40   .01   (2.30)  (2.29)
2/28/2015  28.05   (.02)  2.98   2.96 
Class R-4:                
8/31/20194,5  30.58   .12   .80   .92 
2/28/2019  32.77   .20   .62   .82 
2/28/2018  28.58   .16   5.71   5.87 
2/28/2017  24.28   .15   5.18   5.33 
2/29/2016  28.83   .09   (2.34)  (2.25)
2/28/2015  28.36   .07   3.02   3.09 
Class R-5E:                
8/31/20194,5  30.91   .16   .81   .97 
2/28/2019  33.11   .27   .63   .90 
2/28/2018  28.85   .25   5.74   5.99 
2/28/2017  24.48   .20   5.24   5.44 
2/29/20164,14  27.89   .04   (2.11)  (2.07)
Class R-5:                
8/31/20194,5  31.32   .17   .82   .99 
2/28/2019  33.49   .30   .64   .94 
2/28/2018  29.16   .26   5.83   6.09 
2/28/2017  24.74   .23   5.30   5.53 
2/29/2016  29.25   .18   (2.39)  (2.21)
2/28/2015  28.72   .16   3.05   3.21 

 

30AMCAP Fund
 
Dividends and distributions                   
Dividends
(from net
investment
income)
  Distributions
(from capital
gains)
  Total
dividends
and
distributions
  Net asset
value, end
of period
  Total return2,3  Net assets,
end of
period
(in
millions)
  Ratio of
expenses to
average net
assets before
waivers/
reimbursements
  Ratio of
expenses to
average net
assets after
waivers/
reimbursements3
  Ratio of net
income (loss)
to average
net assets3
 
                          
$  $(.18) $(.18) $28.24   2.63%6  $618   1.44%7   1.44%7   .03%7 
    (2.86)  (2.86)  27.69   2.56   624   1.45   1.45   (.14)
    (1.56)  (1.56)  30.02   20.12   636   1.46   1.46   (.21)
    (.92)  (.92)  26.40   21.45   590   1.46   1.46   (.19)
    (2.30)  (2.30)  22.56   (9.02)  517   1.44   1.44   (.39)
    (2.61)  (2.61)  27.14   10.47   595   1.43   1.43   (.48)
                          
    (.18)  (.18)  31.16   2.756   68   1.157   1.157   .327 
 (.07)  (2.86)  (2.93)  30.50   2.89   61   1.16   1.16   .16 
 (.04)  (1.56)  (1.60)  32.73   20.47   46   1.16   1.16   .08 
 (.09)  (.92)  (1.01)  28.61   21.86   22   1.16   1.16   .11 
    (2.30)  (2.30)  24.38   (8.69)  3   1.04   1.04   .24 
    (1.70)  (1.70)  29.04   4.776,9   10   .677,9   .677,9   .297,9 
                          
    (.18)  (.18)  30.51   2.886   1,087   1.007   1.007   .467 
 (.08)  (2.86)  (2.94)  29.83   2.99   1,157   1.01   1.01   .30 
 (.05)  (1.56)  (1.61)  32.06   20.67   1,321   1.01   1.01   .24 
 (.03)  (.92)  (.95)  28.01   21.99   1,232   1.02   1.02   .25 
    (2.30)  (2.30)  23.81   (8.64)  1,093   1.02   1.02   .03 
    (2.61)  (2.61)  28.40   10.96   1,242   1.01   1.01   (.06)
                          
    (.18)  (.18)  31.32   3.016   1,097   .707   .707   .767 
 (.15)  (2.86)  (3.01)  30.58   3.33   1,130   .71   .71   .61 
 (.12)  (1.56)  (1.68)  32.77   21.03   1,409   .71   .71   .54 
 (.11)  (.92)  (1.03)  28.58   22.33   1,238   .72   .72   .55 
    (2.30)  (2.30)  24.28   (8.36)  1,049   .71   .71   .33 
 (.01)  (2.61)  (2.62)  28.83   11.31   1,140   .71   .71   .24 
                          
    (.18)  (.18)  31.70   3.146   45   .507   .507   .997 
 (.24)  (2.86)  (3.10)  30.91   3.56   31   .50   .50   .83 
 (.17)  (1.56)  (1.73)  33.11   21.31   7   .47   .47   .78 
 (.15)  (.92)  (1.07)  28.85   22.54   10   .60   .51   .76 
    (1.34)  (1.34)  24.48   (7.62)6   10   .156   .156   .176 
                          
    (.18)  (.18)  32.13   3.166   796   .407   .407   1.047 
 (.25)  (2.86)  (3.11)  31.32   3.64   1,032   .41   .41   .91 
 (.20)  (1.56)  (1.76)  33.49   21.38   1,353   .41   .41   .84 
 (.19)  (.92)  (1.11)  29.16   22.74   1,339   .41   .41   .86 
    (2.30)  (2.30)  24.74   (8.10)  1,214   .42   .42   .63 
 (.07)  (2.61)  (2.68)  29.25   11.62   1,400   .41   .41   .54 

 

See end of table for footnotes.

 

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Financial highlights (continued)

 

     Income (loss) from investment operations1
Period ended Net asset
value,
beginning
of period
  Net
investment
income
(loss)
  Net gains
(losses) on
securities (both
realized and
unrealized)
  Total from
investment
operations
 
Class R-6:                
8/31/20194,5 $31.24  $.18  $.82  $1.00 
2/28/2019  33.41   .32   .63   .95 
2/28/2018  29.09   .28   5.81   6.09 
2/28/2017  24.69   .25   5.28   5.53 
2/29/2016  29.18   .19   (2.38)  (2.19)
2/28/2015  28.66   .17   3.05   3.22 

 

  Six months ended Year ended February 28 or 29
  August 31, 20194,5,6 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
Portfolio turnover rate for all share classes15 17% 32% 27% 25% 31% 33%
                         

See notes to financial statements.

 

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Dividends and distributions                   
Dividends
(from net
investment
income)
  Distributions
(from capital
gains)
  Total
dividends
and
distributions
  Net asset
value, end
of period
  Total return2,3  Net assets,
end of
period
(in
millions)
  Ratio of
expenses to
average net
assets before
waivers/
reimbursements
  Ratio of
expenses to
average net
assets after
waivers/
reimbursements3
  Ratio of net
income (loss)
to average
net assets3
 
                          
$  $(.18) $(.18) $32.06   3.20%6 $14,741   .35%7  .35%7  1.11%7
 (.26)  (2.86)  (3.12)  31.24   3.70   14,053   .36   .36   .96 
 (.21)  (1.56)  (1.77)  33.41   21.45   13,199   .36   .36   .89 
 (.21)  (.92)  (1.13)  29.09   22.76   9,633   .36   .36   .90 
    (2.30)  (2.30)  24.69   (8.05)  7,033   .37   .37   .68 
 (.09)  (2.61)  (2.70)  29.18   11.67   6,394   .37   .37   .59 

 

1Based on average shares outstanding.
2Total returns exclude any applicable sales charges, including contingent deferred sales charges.
3This column reflects the impact, if any, of certain waivers/reimbursements from CRMC. During one of the periods shown, CRMC paid a portion of the fund’s transfer agent fees for certain retirement plan share classes.
4Based on operations for a period that is less than a full year.
5Unaudited.
6Not annualized.
7Annualized.
8Amount less than $.01.
9All or a significant portion of assets in this class consisted of seed capital invested by CRMC and/or its affiliates. Fees for distribution services are not charged or accrued on these seed capital assets. If such fees were paid by the fund on seed capital assets, fund expenses would have been higher and net income and total return would have been lower.
10Amount less than $1 million.
11Class T and 529-T shares began investment operations on April 7, 2017.
12Class F-3 shares began investment operations on January 27, 2017.
13Class R-2E shares began investment operations on August 29, 2014.
14Class R-5E shares began investment operations on November 20, 2015.
15Rates do not include the fund’s portfolio activity with respect to any Central Funds.

 

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Expense exampleunaudited

 

As a fund shareholder, you incur two types of costs: (1) transaction costs, such as initial sales charges on purchase payments and contingent deferred sales charges on redemptions (loads), and (2) ongoing costs, including management fees, distribution and service (12b-1) fees, and other expenses. This example is intended to help you understand your ongoing costs (in dollars) of investing in the fund so you can compare these costs with the ongoing costs of investing in other mutual funds. The example is based on an investment of $1,000 invested at the beginning of the period and held for the entire six-month period (March 1, 2019, through August 31, 2019).

 

Actual expenses:

The first line of each share class in the table on the following page provides information about actual account values and actual expenses. You may use the information in this line, together with the amount you invested, to estimate the expenses that you paid over the period. Simply divide your account value by $1,000 (for example, an $8,600 account value divided by $1,000 = 8.6), then multiply the result by the number in the first line under the heading titled “Expenses paid during period” to estimate the expenses you paid on your account during this period.

 

Hypothetical example for comparison purposes:

The second line of each share class in the table on the following page provides information about hypothetical account values and hypothetical expenses based on the actual expense ratio for the share class and an assumed rate of return of 5.00% per year before expenses, which is not the actual return of the share class. The hypothetical account values and expenses may not be used to estimate the actual ending account balance or expenses you paid for the period. You may use this information to compare the ongoing costs of investing in the fund and other funds. To do so, compare this 5.00% hypothetical example with the 5.00% hypothetical examples that appear in the shareholder reports of the other funds.

 

Notes:

Retirement plan participants may be subject to certain fees charged by the plan sponsor, and Class F-1, F-2, F-3 and 529-F-1 shareholders may be subject to fees charged by financial intermediaries, typically ranging from 0.75% to 1.50% of assets annually depending on services offered. You can estimate the impact of these fees by adding the amount of the fees to the total estimated expenses you paid on your account during the period as calculated above. In addition, your ending account value would be lower by the amount of these fees.

 

Note that the expenses shown in the table on the following page are meant to highlight your ongoing costs only and do not reflect any transactional costs, such as sales charges (loads). Therefore, the second line of each share class in the table is useful in comparing ongoing costs only and will not help you determine the relative total costs of owning different funds. In addition, if these transactional costs were included, your costs would have been higher.

 

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  Beginning
account value
3/1/2019
  Ending
account value
8/31/2019
  Expenses paid
during period*
  Annualized
expense ratio
 
Class A – actual return $1,000.00  $1,030.41  $3.43   .67%
Class A – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,021.83   3.41   .67 
Class C – actual return  1,000.00   1,026.34   7.35   1.44 
Class C – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,017.95   7.32   1.44 
Class T – actual return  1,000.00   1,031.37   2.30   .45 
Class T – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,022.94   2.29   .45 
Class F-1 – actual return  1,000.00   1,030.04   3.68   .72 
Class F-1 – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,021.58   3.67   .72 
Class F-2 – actual return  1,000.00   1,031.51   2.36   .46 
Class F-2 – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,022.89   2.35   .46 
Class F-3 – actual return  1,000.00   1,032.00   1.79   .35 
Class F-3 – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,023.44   1.79   .35 
Class 529-A – actual return  1,000.00   1,029.80   3.73   .73 
Class 529-A – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,021.53   3.72   .73 
Class 529-C – actual return  1,000.00   1,026.22   7.51   1.47 
Class 529-C – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,017.80   7.48   1.47 
Class 529-E – actual return  1,000.00   1,028.64   4.86   .95 
Class 529-E – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,020.42   4.84   .95 
Class 529-T – actual return  1,000.00   1,031.04   2.51   .49 
Class 529-T – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,022.74   2.50   .49 
Class 529-F-1 – actual return  1,000.00   1,031.17   2.56   .50 
Class 529-F-1 – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,022.68   2.55   .50 
Class R-1 – actual return  1,000.00   1,026.30   7.41   1.45 
Class R-1 – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,017.90   7.37   1.45 
Class R-2 – actual return  1,000.00   1,026.30   7.35   1.44 
Class R-2 – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,017.95   7.32   1.44 
Class R-2E – actual return  1,000.00   1,027.50   5.88   1.15 
Class R-2E – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,019.41   5.85   1.15 
Class R-3 – actual return  1,000.00   1,028.77   5.11   1.00 
Class R-3 – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,020.16   5.09   1.00 
Class R-4 – actual return  1,000.00   1,030.05   3.58   .70 
Class R-4 – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,021.68   3.57   .70 
Class R-5E – actual return  1,000.00   1,031.36   2.56   .50 
Class R-5E – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,022.68   2.55   .50 
Class R-5 – actual return  1,000.00   1,031.57   2.05   .40 
Class R-5 – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,023.19   2.04   .40 
Class R-6 – actual return  1,000.00   1,031.98   1.79   .35 
Class R-6 – assumed 5% return  1,000.00   1,023.44   1.79   .35 
  
*The “expenses paid during period” are equal to the “annualized expense ratio,” multiplied by the average account value over the period, multiplied by the number of days in the period, and divided by 365 (to reflect the one-half year period).
  
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Approval of Investment Advisory and Service Agreement

 

The board of AMCAP Fund has approved the fund’s Investment Advisory and Service Agreement (the “agreement”) with Capital Research and Management Company (“CRMC”) for an additional one-year term through April 30, 2020. The agreement was amended to add an additional advisory fee breakpoint if and when the fund’s net assets exceed $71 billion. The board approved the agreement following the recommendation of the fund’s Contracts Committee (the “committee”), which is composed of all of the fund’s independent board members. The board and the committee determined in the exercise of their business judgment that the fund’s advisory fee structure was fair and reasonable in relation to the services provided, and that approving the agreement was in the best interests of the fund and its shareholders.

 

In reaching this decision, the board and the committee took into account information furnished to them throughout the year and otherwise provided to them, as well as information prepared specifically in connection with their review of the agreement, and were advised by their independent counsel with respect to the matters considered. They considered the following factors, among others, but did not identify any single issue or particular piece of information that, in isolation, was the controlling factor, and each board and committee member did not necessarily attribute the same weight to each factor.

 

1. Nature, extent and quality of services

 

The board and the committee considered the depth and quality of CRMC’s investment management process, including its global research capabilities; the experience, capability and integrity of its senior management and other personnel; the low turnover rates of its key personnel; the overall financial strength and stability of CRMC and the Capital Group organization; the resources and systems CRMC devotes to investment management, compliance, trading, portfolio accounting and other services; and the ongoing evolution of CRMC’s organizational structure designed to maintain and strengthen these qualities. The board and the committee also considered the nature, extent and quality of administrative, compliance and shareholder services provided by CRMC to the fund under the agreement and other agreements, as well as the benefits to fund shareholders from investing in a fund that is part of a large family of funds. The board and the committee concluded that the nature, extent and quality of the services provided by CRMC have benefited and should continue to benefit the fund and its shareholders.

 

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2. Investment results

 

The board and the committee considered the investment results of the fund in light of its objective of pursuing long-term growth of capital. They compared the fund’s investment results with those of other funds (including funds that currently form the basis of the Lipper index for the category in which the fund is included), and data such as relevant market and fund indexes, over various periods through September 30, 2018. This report, including the letter to shareholders and related disclosures, contains certain information about the fund’s investment results. The board and the committee reviewed the fund’s investment results measured against various indexes, including the Lipper Growth Funds Index, the Lipper Multi-Cap Core Funds Index and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Composite Index. They reviewed the results for the year-to-date, one-year, three-year, five-year, 10-year, 15-year, 20-year and lifetimes periods, and placed greater emphasis on longer-term periods. They noted that the investment results of the fund generally compared favorably to the results of all of the indexes for periods of 10 years and longer, compared favorably to or approximated the results of the Lipper Multi-Cap Core Funds Index and the S&P 500 Index for all other periods, and were mixed against the Lipper Growth Funds Index for periods of five years and shorter. The board and the committee concluded that the fund’s investment results have been satisfactory for renewal of the agreement, and that CRMC’s record in managing the fund indicated that its continued management should benefit the fund and its shareholders.

 

3. Advisory fees and total expenses

 

The board and the committee compared the advisory fees and total expense levels of the fund to those of other relevant funds. They observed that the fund’s advisory fees and expenses generally compared favorably to those of other similar funds included in the Lipper Growth Funds category. The board and the committee also considered the breakpoint discounts in the fund’s advisory fee structure that reduce the level of fees charged by CRMC to the fund as fund assets increase. In addition, they reviewed information regarding the effective advisory fees charged to non-mutual fund clients by CRMC and its affiliates. They noted that, to the extent there were differences between the advisory fees paid by the fund and the advisory fees paid by those clients, the differences appropriately reflected the investment, operational, regulatory and market differences between advising the fund and the other clients. The board and the committee concluded that the fund’s cost structure was fair and reasonable in relation to the services provided, and that the fund’s shareholders receive reasonable value in return for the advisory fees and other amounts paid to CRMC by the fund.

 

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4. Ancillary benefits

 

The board and the committee considered a variety of other benefits that CRMC and its affiliates receive as a result of CRMC’s relationship with the fund and other American Funds, including fees for administrative services provided to certain share classes; fees paid to CRMC’s affiliated transfer agent; sales charges and distribution fees received and retained by the fund’s principal underwriter, an affiliate of CRMC; and possible ancillary benefits to CRMC and its institutional management affiliates in managing other investment vehicles. The board and the committee reviewed CRMC’s portfolio trading practices, noting that through December 31, 2018 CRMC benefited from research obtained with commissions from portfolio transactions made on behalf of the fund and since that time has undertaken to bear the cost of obtaining such research. The board and the committee took these ancillary benefits into account in evaluating the reasonableness of the advisory fees and other amounts paid to CRMC by the fund.

 

5. Adviser financial information

 

The board and the committee reviewed information regarding CRMC’s costs of providing services to the American Funds, including personnel, systems and resources of investment, compliance, trading, accounting and other administrative operations. They considered CRMC’s costs and related cost allocation methodology as well as its track record of investing in technology, infrastructure and staff to maintain and expand services and capabilities, respond to industry and regulatory developments, and attract and retain qualified personnel. They noted information regarding the compensation structure for CRMC’s investment professionals. They reviewed information on the profitability of the investment adviser and its affiliates. The board and the committee also compared CRMC’s profitability and compensation data to the reported results and data of several large, publicly held investment management companies. The board and the committee noted the competitiveness and cyclicality of both the mutual fund industry and the capital markets, and the importance in that environment of CRMC’s long-term profitability for maintaining its independence, company culture and management continuity. They further considered the breakpoint discounts in the fund’s advisory fee structure and CRMC’s sharing of potential economies of scale, or efficiencies, through breakpoints and other fee reductions and costs voluntarily absorbed. The board and the committee concluded that the fund’s advisory fee structure reflected a reasonable sharing of benefits between CRMC and the fund’s shareholders.

 

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Office of the fund

333 South Hope Street

Los Angeles, CA 90071-1406

 

Investment adviser

Capital Research and Management Company

333 South Hope Street

Los Angeles, CA 90071-1406

 

Transfer agent for shareholder accounts

American Funds Service Company

(Write to the address near you.)

 

P.O. Box 6007

Indianapolis, IN 46206-6007

 

P.O. Box 2280

Norfolk, VA 23501-2280

 

Custodian of assets

JPMorgan Chase Bank

270 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10017-2070

 

Counsel

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

400 South Hope Street

Los Angeles, CA 90071-2899

 

Independent registered public accounting firm

Deloitte & Touche LLP

695 Town Center Drive

Suite 1000

Costa Mesa, CA 92626-7188

 

Principal underwriter

American Funds Distributors, Inc.

333 South Hope Street

Los Angeles, CA 90071-1406

 

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Investors should carefully consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other important information is contained in the fund prospectus and summary prospectus, which can be obtained from your financial professional and should be read carefully before investing. You may also call American Funds Service Company (AFS) at (800) 421-4225 or visit the Capital Group website at capitalgroup.com.

 

“American Funds Proxy Voting Procedures and Principles” — which describes how we vote proxies relating to portfolio securities — is available on our website or upon request by calling AFS. The fund files its proxy voting record with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the 12 months ended June 30 by August 31. The proxy voting record is available free of charge on the SEC website at sec.gov and on our website.

 

A complete August 31, 2019, portfolio of AMCAP Fund’s investments is available free of charge by calling AFS or visiting the SEC website (where it is part of Form N-CSR).

 

AMCAP Fund files a complete list of its portfolio holdings with the SEC for the first and third quarters of each fiscal year on Form N-PORT-EX. This filing is available free of charge on the SEC website. Additionally, the list of portfolio holdings is available by calling AFS.

 

This report is for the information of shareholders of AMCAP Fund, but it also may be used as sales literature when preceded or accompanied by the current prospectus or summary prospectus, which gives details about charges, expenses, investment objectives and operating policies of the fund. If used as sales material after December 31, 2019, this report must be accompanied by an American Funds statistical update for the most recently completed calendar quarter.

 

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Composite Index is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and/or its affiliates and has been licensed for use by Capital Group. Copyright © 2019 S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a division of S&P Global, and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Redistribution or reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC.

 

American Funds Distributors, Inc., member of FINRA.

 

The Capital Advantage®

 

Since 1931, Capital Group, home of American Funds, has helped investors pursue long-term investment success. Our consistent approach — in combination with The Capital SystemSM— has resulted in superior outcomes.

 

 Aligned with investor success
 We base our decisions on a long-term perspective, which we believe aligns our goals with the interests of our clients. Our portfolio managers average 27 years of investment experience, including 20 years at our company, reflecting a career commitment to our long-term approach.1
  
 The Capital System
 The Capital System combines individual accountability with teamwork. Funds using The Capital System are divided into portions that are managed independently by investment professionals with diverse backgrounds, ages and investment approaches. An extensive global research effort is the backbone of our system.
  
 American Funds’ superior outcomes
 Equity funds have beaten their Lipper peer indexes in 92% of 10-year periods and 99% of 20-year periods.2Fixed income funds have helped investors achieve diversification through attention to correlation between bonds and equities.3Fund management fees have been among the lowest in the industry.4
  
 1Portfolio manager experience as of December 31, 2018.
 2Based on Class F-2 share results for rolling periods through December 31, 2018. Periods covered are the shorter of the fund’s lifetime or since the comparable Lipper index inception date (except Capital Income Builder and SMALLCAP World Fund, for which the Lipper average was used). Expenses differ for each share class, so results will vary.
 3Based on Class F-2 share results, as of December 31, 2018. Fourteen of our 15 American Funds fixed income funds that have been in existence for the three-year period showed a three-year correlation below 0.2. Standard & Poor’s 500 Composite Index was used as an equity market proxy. Correlation based on monthly total returns. Correlation is a statistical measure of how two securities move in relation to each other. A correlation ranges from –1 to 1. A positive correlation close to 1 implies that as one security moves, either up or down, the other security will move in “lockstep,” in the same direction. A negative correlation close to –1 indicates that the securities have moved in the opposite direction.
 4On average, our management fees were in the lowest quintile 70% of the time, based on the 20-year period ended December 31, 2018, versus comparable Lipper categories, excluding funds of funds.

 

Class F-2 shares were first offered on August 1, 2008. Class F-2 share results prior to the date of first sale are hypothetical based on Class A share results without a sales charge, adjusted for typical estimated expenses. Results for certain funds with an inception date after August 1, 2008, also include hypothetical returns because those funds’ Class F-2 shares sold after the funds’ date of first offering. Please see capitalgroup.com for more information on specific expense adjustments and the actual dates of first sale.

 

All Capital Group trademarks mentioned are owned by The Capital Group Companies, Inc., an affiliated company or fund. All other company and product names mentioned are the property of their respective companies.

 

 

 

 

ITEM 2 – Code of Ethics

 

Not applicable for filing of semi-annual reports to shareholders.

 

ITEM 3 – Audit Committee Financial Expert

 

Not applicable for filing of semi-annual reports to shareholders.

 

ITEM 4 – Principal Accountant Fees and Services

 

Not applicable for filing of semi-annual reports to shareholders.

 

ITEM 5 – Audit Committee of Listed Registrants

 

Not applicable to this Registrant, insofar as the Registrant is not a listed issuer as defined in Rule 10A-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

 

ITEM 6 – Schedule of Investments

 

 

 

AMCAP Fund®

Investment portfolio

August 31, 2019

 

 

unaudited

 

 

Common stocks 90.63%
Information technology 22.33%
SharesValue
(000)
Microsoft Corp.12,702,779$1,751,205
Broadcom Inc.4,744,4481,340,971
Mastercard Inc., Class A4,261,9571,199,187
Fidelity National Information Services, Inc.6,583,154896,757
ASML Holding NV13,335,025742,744
FleetCor Technologies, Inc.22,447,290730,271
Accenture PLC, Class A3,313,050656,547
Autodesk, Inc.24,204,100600,430
ServiceNow, Inc.21,757,603460,211
Intel Corp.8,949,560424,299
Micron Technology, Inc.28,471,100383,487
Adobe Inc.21,176,000334,584
Fiserv, Inc.23,071,108328,424
Visa Inc., Class A1,719,300310,884
Applied Materials, Inc.6,140,076294,846
Atlassian Corp. PLC, Class A22,175,920292,683
Trimble Inc.27,646,431286,894
Qorvo, Inc.23,954,000282,434
Workday, Inc., Class A21,312,700232,715
Skyworks Solutions, Inc.2,772,058208,653
Texas Instruments Inc.1,640,700203,037
Amphenol Corp., Class A2,128,950186,368
NetApp, Inc.3,752,107180,326
PayPal Holdings, Inc.21,562,400170,380
Zendesk, Inc.21,997,000160,159
DocuSign, Inc.23,144,000146,793
TE Connectivity Ltd.1,600,000145,952
Lumentum Holdings Inc.22,535,476141,378
Slack Technologies, Inc., Class A24,790,099137,188
Kingdee International Software Group Co. Ltd.1119,478,000107,428
salesforce.com, inc.2683,300106,643
Global Payments Inc.606,300100,634
MongoDB, Inc., Class A2630,72896,066
International Business Machines Corp.700,00094,871
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.12,589,81794,061
Lam Research Corp.430,24090,570
Apple Inc.431,35790,042
SVMK Inc.25,343,40089,449
HubSpot, Inc.2429,45985,754
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.19,718,00080,039
Arista Networks, Inc.2300,00067,986
Guidewire Software, Inc.2595,00057,227
Fair Isaac Corp.2144,72551,047
Zoom Video Communications, Inc., Class A2547,51250,190
Ceridian HCM Holding Inc.2800,00046,216
PTC, Inc.2550,90036,067
RealPage, Inc.2504,00032,090

 

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Common stocks (continued)
Information technology (continued)
SharesValue
(000)
Intuit Inc.110,000$31,720
Paycom Software, Inc.2100,00025,012
QUALCOMM Inc.288,80022,460
  14,685,379
Health care 20.76%  
Abbott Laboratories24,557,4542,095,242
UnitedHealth Group Inc.6,603,8061,545,291
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.3,657,8291,050,016
Amgen Inc.4,952,8841,033,271
Gilead Sciences, Inc.12,764,224811,039
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.2,310,689,500802,354
Illumina, Inc.22,272,157639,249
Humana Inc.2,218,500628,301
AbbVie Inc.9,094,660597,883
PerkinElmer, Inc.36,612,234546,832
Edwards Lifesciences Corp.22,155,000478,065
IQVIA Holdings Inc.23,052,000473,518
Stryker Corp.2,085,154460,110
Eli Lilly and Co.3,110,600351,404
Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corp.2,35,555,967333,469
Centene Corp.25,625,000262,237
West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.1,434,000208,590
Hologic, Inc.24,045,600199,731
Molina Healthcare, Inc.21,030,700134,280
Anthem, Inc.504,361131,900
PRA Health Sciences, Inc.21,304,444128,931
Boston Scientific Corp.23,000,000128,190
Johnson & Johnson850,000109,106
LivaNova PLC21,400,000108,682
Cigna Corp.699,336107,677
Danaher Corp.746,500106,070
AstraZeneca PLC1912,80081,444
Merck & Co., Inc.601,00051,968
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.2262,30047,219
Insulet Corp.215,4422,381
  13,654,450
Communication services 11.31%  
Facebook, Inc., Class A29,530,0001,769,435
Netflix, Inc.25,739,9001,686,096
Alphabet Inc., Class C2732,979870,852
Alphabet Inc., Class A2684,280814,656
Activision Blizzard, Inc.14,411,193729,206
Tencent Holdings Ltd.110,856,418447,119
Charter Communications, Inc., Class A21,035,900424,294
CBS Corp., Class B3,487,000146,663
Comcast Corp., Class A3,141,700139,052
Electronic Arts Inc.21,434,180134,354
Cable One, Inc.84,200109,260
JCDecaux SA13,200,00085,577
Fox Corp., Class A1,500,00049,755

 

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Common stocks (continued)
Communication services (continued)
SharesValue
(000)
New York Times Co., Class A1,000,000$29,200
Walt Disney Co.26,2903,608
  7,439,127
Industrials 10.86%  
TransDigm Group Inc.1,643,571884,767
General Dynamics Corp.4,321,000826,478
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.34,721,440773,183
CSX Corp.9,996,700669,979
Equifax Inc.4,452,294651,727
Northrop Grumman Corp.1,390,200511,413
Middleby Corp.2,33,405,507373,448
Textron Inc.7,982,070359,193
AMETEK, Inc.3,154,690271,083
L3Harris Technologies, Inc.1,039,100219,676
Boeing Co.590,700215,068
Waste Management, Inc.1,750,000208,862
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.1,351,000179,494
Air Lease Corp., Class A3,938,000163,585
Fortive Corp.1,805,200127,989
Caterpillar Inc.1,008,794120,046
Safran SA1771,353112,141
Union Pacific Corp.565,00091,507
Waste Connections, Inc.792,60072,840
Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp.887,40061,417
Armstrong World Industries, Inc.601,40357,416
United Technologies Corp.377,00049,100
Masco Corp.1,000,00040,730
IDEX Corp.170,00028,001
Verisk Analytics, Inc.169,50027,381
PayPoint PLC12,011,31021,712
Deere & Co.133,50020,680
  7,138,916
Consumer discretionary 8.76%  
Amazon.com, Inc.2726,6001,290,652
NIKE, Inc., Class B8,227,358695,212
Marriott International, Inc., Class A5,462,665688,624
Booking Holdings Inc.2272,250535,355
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (ADR)22,627,100459,821
Williams-Sonoma, Inc.34,737,620311,735
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.3,249,300300,138
Ross Stores, Inc.2,823,100299,277
Wynn Resorts, Ltd.2,114,261232,886
Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd.122,886,000142,570
Industria de Diseño Textil, SA14,552,617140,841
NVR, Inc.234,600124,526
Home Depot, Inc.520,000118,513
Texas Roadhouse, Inc.2,000,000102,920
TJX Companies, Inc.1,800,00098,946
EssilorLuxottica1417,88761,719
TopBuild Corp.2504,40446,718
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.249,80041,753
Signet Jewelers Ltd.2,500,00030,600

 

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Common stocks (continued)
Consumer discretionary (continued)
SharesValue
(000)
Helen of Troy Ltd.2137,088$21,044
Las Vegas Sands Corp.337,50018,721
  5,762,571
Financials 4.96%  
First Republic Bank5,375,241482,267
Aon PLC, Class A2,202,200429,099
S&P Global Inc.1,390,538361,804
JPMorgan Chase & Co.2,854,120313,554
Arch Capital Group Ltd.25,770,000227,915
Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.19,330,769187,096
Willis Towers Watson PLC839,400166,176
Essent Group Ltd.2,866,000139,001
Charles Schwab Corp.3,600,000137,772
HDFC Bank Ltd.14,215,936131,285
Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Class B2607,500123,571
East West Bancorp, Inc.2,800,000115,164
CME Group Inc., Class A509,860110,787
AIA Group Ltd.110,156,20098,330
London Stock Exchange Group PLC11,123,48095,133
SVB Financial Group2244,64447,613
The Blackstone Group Inc., Class A650,90032,389
Intercontinental Exchange, Inc.308,30028,820
MSCI Inc.80,60018,911
Tradeweb Markets Inc., Class A335,50014,289
  3,260,976
Energy 4.89%  
EOG Resources, Inc.15,358,1001,139,417
Concho Resources Inc.310,260,532750,558
Diamondback Energy, Inc.5,084,300498,668
Canadian Natural Resources, Ltd. (CAD denominated)10,486,300250,540
Halliburton Co.9,934,500187,166
Noble Energy, Inc.7,272,404164,211
Schlumberger Ltd.2,946,00095,539
Pioneer Natural Resources Co.409,00050,479
Exxon Mobil Corp.660,00045,197
SM Energy Co.2,800,00026,544
Southwestern Energy Co.25,798,7009,162
  3,217,481
Consumer staples 3.42%  
Costco Wholesale Corp.2,564,400755,883
Constellation Brands, Inc., Class A3,030,000619,180
Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.27,150,669246,198
Philip Morris International Inc.2,461,700177,464
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.2,660,000136,165
Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc.1,413,00099,461
L’Oréal SA, non-registered shares1350,00095,734
Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC1832,20064,919
Altria Group, Inc.866,60037,905
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Class A55,70011,028
Church & Dwight Co., Inc.74,0005,904
  2,249,841

 

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Common stocks (continued)
Materials 1.59%
SharesValue
(000)
Valvoline Inc.314,303,100$323,250
Linde PLC1,117,870211,177
Ecolab Inc.820,000169,174
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.1,380,000151,455
CCL Industries Inc., Class B, nonvoting shares1,525,30069,116
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.276,00062,354
Sherwin-Williams Co.59,30031,237
Celanese Corp.211,00023,921
  1,041,684
Real estate 1.26%  
American Tower Corp. REIT1,746,000401,912
Equinix, Inc. REIT307,000170,778
SBA Communications Corp. REIT590,402154,939
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. REIT490,00073,421
Crown Castle International Corp. REIT197,80028,715
  829,765
Utilities 0.49%  
NextEra Energy, Inc.1,466,057321,184
Total common stocks(cost: $41,257,183,000) 59,601,374
Short-term securities 9.29%
Money market investments 9.29%
  
Capital Group Central Cash Fund 2.16%3,461,100,7136,109,460
Total short-term securities(cost: $6,109,479,000) 6,109,460
Total investment securities 99.92%(cost: $47,366,662,000) 65,710,834
Other assets less liabilities 0.08% 49,388
Net assets 100.00% $65,760,222

 

1Valued under fair value procedures adopted by authority of the board of trustees. The total value of all such securities was $2,789,892,000, which represented 4.24% of the net assets of the fund. This entire amount relates to certain securities trading outside the U.S. whose values were adjusted as a result of significant market movements following the close of local trading.
2Security did not produce income during the last 12 months.
3Represents an affiliated company as defined under the Investment Company Act of 1940.
4Rate represents the seven-day yield at 8/31/2019.

 

Key to abbreviations
ADR = American Depositary Receipts
CAD = Canadian dollars

 

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Additional financial disclosures are included in the fund’s current shareholder report and should be read in conjunction with this report.

Investments are not FDIC-insured, nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity, so they may lose value.

Investors should carefully consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other important information is contained in the fund prospectus and summary prospectus, which can be obtained from your financial professional and should be read carefully before investing. You may also call American Funds Service Company (AFS) at (800) 421-4225 or visit the Capital Group website at capitalgroup.com.

All Capital Group trademarks mentioned are owned by The Capital Group Companies, Inc., an affiliated company or fund. All other company and product names mentioned are the property of their respective companies.

American Funds Distributors, Inc., member FINRA.

© 2019 Capital Group. All rights reserved.

 

 

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ITEM 7 – Disclosure of Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures for Closed-End Management Investment

Companies

 

Not applicable to this Registrant, insofar as the Registrant is not a closed-end management investment company.

 

ITEM 8 – Portfolio Managers of Closed-End Management Investment Companies

 

Not applicable to this Registrant, insofar as the Registrant is not a closed-end management investment company.

 

ITEM 9 – Purchases of Equity Securities by Closed-End Management Investment Company and Affiliated Purchasers

 

Not applicable to this Registrant, insofar as the Registrant is not a closed-end management investment company.

 

ITEM 10 – Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

 

There have been no material changes to the procedures by which shareholders may recommend nominees to the Registrant’s board of trustees since the Registrant last submitted a proxy statement to its shareholders. The procedures are as follows. The Registrant has a nominating and governance committee comprised solely of persons who are not considered ‘‘interested persons’’ of the Registrant within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The committee periodically reviews such issues as the board’s composition, responsibilities, committees, compensation and other relevant issues, and recommends any appropriate changes to the full board of trustees. While the committee normally is able to identify from its own resources an ample number of qualified candidates, it will consider shareholder suggestions of persons to be considered as nominees to fill future vacancies on the board. Such suggestions must be sent in writing to the nominating and governance committee of the Registrant, c/o the Registrant’s Secretary, and must be accompanied by complete biographical and occupational data on the prospective nominee, along with a written consent of the prospective nominee for consideration of his or her name by the nominating and governance committee.

 

ITEM 11 – Controls and Procedures

 

(a)The Registrant’s Principal Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer have concluded, based on their evaluation of the Registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures (as such term is defined in Rule 30a-3 under the Investment Company Act of 1940), that such controls and procedures are adequate and reasonably designed to achieve the purposes described in paragraph (c) of such rule.
  
(b)

There were no changes in the Registrant’s internal controls over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 30a-3(d) under the Investment Company Act of 1940) that occurred during the Registrant’s semi-annual period covered by this report that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

 

ITEM 12 – Exhibits

 

(a)(1)Not applicable for filing of semi-annual reports to shareholders.
  
(a)(2)The certifications required by Rule 30a-2 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 and Sections 302 and 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 are attached as exhibits hereto.

 

 
 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

 AMCAP FUND
  
 By__/s/ Herbert Y. Poon____________________
 

Herbert Y. Poon, Executive Vice President and

Principal Executive Officer

  
 Date: October 31, 2019

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the Registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

 

 

By__/s/ Herbert Y. Poon_________________

Herbert Y. Poon, Executive Vice President and

Principal Executive Officer

 
Date: October 31, 2019

 

 

 

By ___/s/ Brian D. Bullard    __________

Brian D. Bullard, Treasurer and

Principal Financial Officer

 
Date: October 31, 2019